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Validus (Pre-Zero Hour)
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Real name Garridan Ranzz
Alias Validus
Occupation Super-villain
Alignment Bad
Family Garth Ranzz, aka Lightning Lad (father); Imra Ardeen-Ranzz, aka Saturn Girl (mother); Graym Ranzz (twin brother); Mekt Ranzz, aka Lightning Lord (uncle); Ayla Ranzz, aka Lightning Lass (aunt)
Affiliation Fatal Five (Pre-Zero Hour)
First appearance (as Validus) Adventure Comics vol 1 #352 (Jan 1967)
Universe Pre-Zero Hour
Alternate versions Garridan Ranzz (Glorithverse); Validus (Earth Zero); Validus (New 52)
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In the late 30th century, the Legion of Super-Heroes members Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl gave birth to twin children. Following an epic event known as the Great Darkness Saga, the New God known as Darkseid kidnapped Garridan Ranzz at the instant of his birth. He then sent the newborn backwards in time ten years, cursed with a monstrous body and practically mindless. His childlike persona made Validus extremely susceptible to persuasion - a handicap that Fatal Five member Tharok took advantage of at every given opportunity. It was Darkseid's plan that the mutated child would one day grow up and kill his own parents.

Some time later, an entity known as the Sun-Eater threatened to consume Earth's sun, thus destroying the galaxy. Desperate to stop the Sun-Eater's efforts, Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes recruited the aid of the Fatal Five. They had no idea of Validus' true parental heritage. The Fatal Five reluctantly agreed to help the Legion, and the Sun-Eater's efforts were averted. Validus remained a loyal member of the Fatal Five, always ready to do Tharok's bidding. During one altercation with the Legion, Validus killed Lyle Norg, the original Invisible Kid.

Years later, Validus fell under Darkseid's influence yet again. He manipulated Validus against Lightning Lad, placing him in a situation where the Legionnaire would be forced to kill him to save the life of his other son, Graym. Thanks to the efforts of Saturn Girl however, the plot was averted and both parents discovered that Validus was their child. Soon after, Validus reverted to his normal, human condition.

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